Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences, O Deus Ego Amo Te

cover to the ebook 'Breviary Hymns and Missal Sequences', translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin BagshaweO God, I love Thee for Thyself,
And not that I may Heaven gain,
Nor because those, who love Thee not,
Must suffer hell’s eternal pain.

For Thou, my Jesus, on the Cross,
Didst once embrace me utterly,
And didst endure the nails, the lance,
And manifold contumely;

And, for my sake, a sinner vile,
Tortures, and sweats, and death, didst bear,
Why then should I not love Thee, Lord!
Jesus, most loving and most dear.

Tis not that Thou mayest Heaven give
To me, or mayest not torment bring,
Nor for aught else, but this alone,
Thou art my very God and King. Amen.

– translated by Archbishop Edward Gilpin Bagshawe, C.O., Bishop of Nottingham, England